The Border Watch : January 20th 2015
40 BOWLS Stafford RSL club champion Equalling record sixth title RALPH Stafford has won the Mount Gambier RSL Club Championship for the 2014-15 season. His sixth title means that he and Ern Bruhn share the record for the most Championship Singles in the history of the Mount Gambier RSL Bowling Club. With five singles under his belt by the 1998/99 season, this next one has been elusive, with him contesting the final four times since then but not able to get over the line. But now it is Michael Fox’s turn to get so close but not quite, with Michael runner-up for the last two years. In the semi-final, Stafford quickly accounted for the lesser experienced David Edwards 25/5, while Fox had a very close battle against Graeme Ellis. Ellis settled quickly and established an early lead. It was not until the 13th end that Fox drew level and proceeded to move ahead but Ellis steadied to level at 21 all. Both players were bowling exceptionally well and either would have been a worthy winner with the result going 25/24 Fox’s way. In the final, very good bowling continued but Stafford had a slight ascendancy throughout. When down on the head he was able to play accurately with weight to positively change the result. Fox was only one behind on the card at 21/20 and he certainly had his opportunities but was unable to capitalise. Stafford kept the pressure on and won the last three ends to claim the championship, 25/20. Midweek pennant MOUNT Gambier RSL defeated Gambier Blue by three shots to move into third position on the ladder. The team of Philip Wilson, Ray Zobel, Veronica Opie and Wayne Legutko (skip) went down 17/24 to John Heaver’s team, but Jane Crowder, Alan Coulson, Jenny Waugh and Robert Corner (skip) covered them with a 25/15 win against Ron Cox’s team. Championships decided A BUSY week was had by Port MacDonnell and District Bowls Club members as a number of competitions were played. Night owls NIGHT owls were called off last Tuesday night due to the inclement weather. However, members are looking for- ward to this week’s round with new teams still accepted. Social bowls THE Kerrin and Kim Bigham sponsored social bowls were won by John Boyle and Victor Perryman. Runners-up were Reg Gurney and Jan Dowdell. Men’s and women’s championship triples IN the women’s championship the semi-finals were between Janet Boyle, Carol Schmidt and skip, Jennie Tilley, playing Roma Henderson, Colleen Tarca and Robyn Burley with the Tilley team coming home the victors. The other semi was between Judy Grosvenor, Joy Bilney and Heather Richards against Val Praetz, Betty Barrett and Kay Feast with the latter getting the win. The grand final was a one-sided match scorewise favouring the Tilley team, with her bowlers finding the green more accurately in the tricky conditions. The Feast side struggled for any consistency and so finished in the runner-up position. Meanwhile, in the men’s competi- tion, reaching the semi-finals, was Reg Gurney, John Boyle and Kel Butler taking on George Johnston, Danny Gaut and Peter Rutherford. Butler had defeated the Hutchesson and Pietersma teams to reach this match while the Gaut team had defeated the McCarthy team. The Butler team won its way into the grand final. In the other semi-final Chris Wilkinson, Peter Bruhn and Victor Perryman played Keith Dowdell, Wayne Dowdell and Adam Wilson. Perryman had won over the Forbes and Lethlean teams and the Wilson crew had defeated the Henderson and Fisher teams. The Perryman side won when the old silver fox drew in a magnificent bowl to take the match, when the opposition had held three shots, which would have given the Wilson team the win. In the grand final, as was the case with the women’s, they continued to outbowl their opponents to lead very well, with to their credit, the Butler team scoring on the last four ends to make the score only seven the difference in favour of the Perryman team. Coming events Today: Night Owls. Tomorrow: Social Bowls, 1pm sponsored by Margaret Stark. Saturday (January 24): Men’s and Women’s Championship Fours. WOMEN’S TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: Jennie Tilley (skip), Carol Schmidt and Janet Boyle. WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS WINNERS: Jennie Tilley (skip) and Judy Grosvenor. MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS WINNERS: Peter Bruhn and Eddie Otter (skip). 40 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 MEN’S TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: Peter Bruhn, Chris Wilkinson and Victor Perryman (skip). VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au CLUB CHAMPION: Ralph Stafford (winner) and Michael Fox (runner-up).
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